BA (Hons) Outdoor Education (Top-up)

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Course code X391

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UCAS

Course code X391

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

If you’re an adventure-lover seeking a career in the outdoors, then what better place than within 912 square miles of the iconic Lake District National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From your unrivalled base in Ambleside, you’ll have more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes and an abundance of rivers - quite literally a classroom on your doorstep.

And, you’ll use it often because we don’t separate practical experience from academic knowledge– it is integral to it - so you’ll always back-up your theoretical knowledge with real-life scenarios.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our aim is that the complex environments you’ll live and learn in will enable you to become a confident, problem-solving graduate, able to make sound professional judgements and decisions.

  • The only UK Outdoor Education degree course based in a National Park
  • This course is designed for you if you have a Foundation Degree or HND in Outdoor Education, or similar. And, its perfect if you haven’t got a firm career path in mind
  • Great facilities, including indoor climbing walls and lakeside access
  • Well-equipped – including kayaks and climbing gear, for you to borrow at no extra cost
  • Learn to operate in challenging environments
  • Explore the great outdoors while developing academic, critical-thinking and valuable life skills
  • Develop transferable skills to suit a wide range of careers, including teaching and coaching
  • Gain valuable commercial and entrepreneurial skills - enhancing your employability
  • Comprehensive Upskill Programme enables you to develop your own practical performance and work towards National Governing Body awards
  • Taught by academic tutors involved in current research, which will inform your learning

You’ll be located in Ambleside with plenty of opportunity during your studies, and in your free time, to experience and enjoy the great outdoors – without driving for miles.

So, to study and learn in a world-renowned landscape - perfect for outdoor-lovers, then our uniquely-located course will provide everything you need to succeed in your future career.

Graduate destinations

You graduate from this top-up year with a degree from one of Britain's leading outdoor education providers, underpinned by genuine, operational experience. You'll be well equipped to join the ever-growing Outdoor and Adventure Activities sector, arriving with the skills and knowledge to stand apart from the crowd. Whether you choose to become an instructor at an outdoor education centre, or follow a career in the uniformed forces, you'll be able to show employers many valuable assets that will open up new paths for your future.

After completing the course you will also be able to study for a PGCE in primary or secondary teaching, or a taught Master's degree/research degree such as an Mphil or PhD. This will allow you even more opportunity to develop your personal qualifications to get the most out of your education.

News and Events

Ambleside talks aim to showcase research work underway at university

Posted: 21 Dec 2018

Talks on the value of time spent outside and the health and the wellbeing benefits for primary school age children learning in the great outdoors are among a series of talks to be held at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus in 2019. The professoriate lectures are a new initiative aimed at appealing to students and locals alike. The lecture series provides an opportunity for Professors at the University of Cumbria to share insights into their work and research and its impact on society.

Further funding sought following interest in south Cumbrian species reintroduction project

Posted: 19 Dec 2018

Nearly 500 people took part in a series of talks aimed at highlighting the possible reintroduction of species to South Cumbria. The project, called Back on our Map (BOOM) was led by academics from the University of Cumbria’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.

What jobs can you get with an Outdoors degree?

Posted: 7 Jan 2019

Whether you're considering going into a 'do it outdoors job', or you’re on your way to achieving your own outdoor degree, you might be wondering exactly what positions will be available to you.

Campus Tour

Wed 27 Feb 2019

An opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in the heart of the Lake District.

Undergraduate Open Day

Wed 13 Mar 2019

Come and join us at our Ambleside campus and discover your future - explore our campus, meet our staff and students and find out more about coming to the University of Cumbria